Independence Day Celebration offers authentic family fun

Hanford Mills Museum News Release
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Independence Day Celebration at Hanford Mills Museum
July 4th event offers old-fashioned family fun

[East Meredith, June 15, 2018] Hanford Mills Museum will hold its annual Independence Day Celebration on Wednesday, July 4. Activities include a kids’ fishing derby on the Mill Pond, frog jumping contests, live music, local food, field games, and steam-power and water-power demonstrations in the Museum’s historic sawmill, gristmill and woodworking shop.

Visitors can sample ice cream made on steam-powered churn chilled with ice cut during February’s Ice Harvest Festival. Tickled Pink BBQ will be selling lunch and snack items, the Farmer’s Wife will be selling pies and treats, and Shaver-Hill Farm will be selling maple products, including maple cotton candy. Visitors also can bring a picnic. The Hanford Mills String Band, which features Peter Blue, will perform in the Mill Yard.

“The Independence Day Celebration is a day of authentic family fun,” says Liz Callahan, the Museum’s executive director. “The steam power demonstrations in the mill are a big draw, as is the Mill-made ice cream. There is a festive and friendly atmosphere each, as we gather to mark July Fourth and spend time with friends and family.”

The Independence Day Celebration on July 4 runs from 10 am to 4 pm, with the Museum site open until 5 pm. Children 12 and under, Museum members, and active duty military and their families receive free admission.

Special Fun for Kids
Children 14 and under can take part in a fishing derby on the Mill Pond from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, with prizes being awarded at 2 pm. Children can bring their own fishing poles and bait. There also will be poles available to borrow. Volunteers from the Dave Brandt Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be on hand to offer help and fishing tips. In addition to sack races and tug o’ war, children can enjoy activities in the Learning Lab.

Steam Power Demonstrations
Hanford Mills Museum is one of the few places in the country that demonstrates steam power. “Generating steam power is labor intensive and requires specific expertise. Staff and volunteers will be operating the wood-fired boiler and steam engines just as the Hanfords did a century ago. July Fourth is the ideal time to explore American ingenuity,” said Callahan. She noted that while the Museum operates the waterwheel during tours offered every Wednesday through Sunday, steam power demonstrations occur only a few times a year.

“With ice cream, jumping frogs, steam power, live music, fishing on the Mill pond, waterwheels and local food, we have all the ingredients for a unique and happy Fourth of July,” says Callahan.

About Hanford Mills Museum
Hanford Mills Museum operates an authentic water- and steam-powered historic site. The mission of Hanford Mills Museum is to inspire audiences of all ages to explore connections among energy, technology, natural resources and entrepreneurship in rural communities, with a focus on sustainable choices. The Museum, which is listed on the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places, is open Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 am – 5 pm.

Children 12 and under, and Museum members receive free admission. Admission is $9 for adults and teens, $7 for seniors and AAA members, and $4.50 for retired military. Hanford Mills participates in the National Endowment for the Arts Blue Star Museum Initiative, so all active duty Military and their families receive free admission. Through the Museums for All program, anyone with an EBT card also receives free admission. East Meredith residents (13757) and nearby zip codes also get free admission. For more information, visit hanfordmills.org or call 607.278.5744.

Hanford Mills Museum is located at 51 County Highway 12 in East Meredith, at the intersection of Delaware County Routes 10 & 12, just 10 miles from Oneonta, and 15 miles from Delhi.

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For questions or to interview, please contact Liz Callahan, lizc@hanfordmills.org, 607.278.5744.
For photos, please contact Peg Odell, pego@hanfordmills.org, 607.278.5744.

Family Saturday June 16

PROGRAMS AT HANFORD MILLS MUSEUM

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Come enjoy a field trip for families with special hands-on activities for kids.  Take a kid-focused guided tour of the Mill’s historic water-powered sawmill, gristmill and woodworking shop, and see how water powers the mill and its century-old machines.

Be sure to stop in to the Learning Lab, which has a variety blocks, gears, and circuits for kids to build and explore.

2018 Family Saturday dates are: May 26, June 16, July 28, and September 1.

Activities for June 16 include the H2Olympics where kids can do fun experiments to learn about the properties of water.

News Release: Ice Harvest Festival 2018

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Ice Harvest Festival
February 3, 10 am – 3 pm
Hanford Mills Museum
51 County Hwy 12, East Meredith, NY
www.hanfordmills.org
info@hanfordmills.org
607/278-5744

Take part in a traditional ice harvest, just as communities did a century ago. Festival also includes ice carving, ice fishing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowman village, hot soup buffet, blacksmithing demonstrations, and exhibits by local businesses and farmers. Kids 12 and under get in free; Adults and Teens, $9; Seniors, $7.

The Ice Harvest Festival at Hanford Mills Museum is February 3
Annual festival offers hands-on history and winter fun

Ice Harvest photo by Kevin Q Gray
Ice Harvest photo by Kevin Q Gray

[January 21, 2018 East Meredith, NY] Hanford Mills Museum will hold the Ice Harvest Festival on Saturday, February 3. Adults and children can take part in a traditional ice harvest using historic tools and techniques. Before refrigeration, cutting ice from frozen ponds and rivers was an essential winter activity. The ice was stored in ice houses until it was needed in the warmer months to keep food and milk cold.

The Ice Harvest Festival, which will run from 10 am to 3 pm, also features ice carving by the SUNY Delhi Hospitality Center Ice Team, horse-drawn sleigh rides, a snowman village, hot soup buffet, blacksmithing demonstrations, and exhibits by local businesses and farmers. In addition, volunteers from the Dave Brandt Chapter of Trout Unlimited will give children the chance to ice fish, with all equipment provided.

The Ice Harvest Festival began in 1989 with about 75 people and now regularly brings 1,200 or more people to the small hamlet of East Meredith in Delaware County. Since December, Museum staff have been monitoring and grooming the ice to ensure a good crop of clear strong ice.

“It’s a very family-friendly event. Some people who came as children are now bringing their own children,” says Museum Executive Director Liz Callahan. “People value the opportunity to take part in an authentic experience and to connect with the region’s history. It is wonderful to see so many people join together to fill the ice house.” She said that they expect to harvest between 7-8 tons of ice. She also credits her staff and the  dozens of volunteers who make sure the event runs safely and smoothly.

The ice harvested at the festival will be used to make ice cream at the Museum’s Independence Day Celebration on July 4.

The Hot Soup Buffet will feature soup from area restaurants, including Alex’s Bistro, Alfresco’s Italian Bistro, Autumn Cafe, B-Side Ballroom, Blue Bee Cafe, Brook’s House of BBQ, Cafe Ommegang, the Cooperstown Diner, Cross Roads Cafe, Delhi Diner, Denny’s, Depot Restaurant & Tavern, Jackie’s Restaurant, Jay’s Place, Lucky Dog Cafe, Oneonta Bagel Company, the Otesaga, Signatures Restaurant, Simply Thai, Sloan’s NY Grill, the SUNY Delhi Hospitality Program, the Tulip and the Rose Cafe, TK’s Diner, and Undercover Eggplant.

Gwen Deysenroth of Byebrook Farm in Bloomville has exhibited at the Ice Harvest Festival for years. “The Hanford Mills Ice Harvest is a rare chance to see and participate in what was a common work bee 100 plus years ago. The smiles I’ve seen on the faces of people of all ages prove this is a fun event too. I highly recommend it,” she says. She will be offering tastings and selling her farm’s Gouda cheese. Other local products featured at the Ice Harvest Festival are hand-knit Swedish-style mittens and hats from Catharina Kessler of Promisedland Farm in East Meredith, hand-crafted spirits from the Cooperstown Distillery, and coffee, hot chocolate and lattes from the Cabana Coffee truck.

The Ice Harvest Festival is sponsored by the SUNY Delhi Hospitality Management Department, The Daily Star, and Five Star Subaru.

See the website for more information, hanfordmills.org.

Admission and Information

Children 12 and under receive free admission. Admission for adults and teens is $9; senior admission is $7. AAA and other discounts available. Museum members receive free admission. Those living in zip codes (13757, 13739, 13786, 13750, and 13806) neighboring Hanford Mills also receive free admission.

Because GPS may take drivers on roads that are not winter-friendly, the Museum has a list of suggested routes available at http://www.hanfordmills.org/visit-a-historic-workingmill/our-location or by calling 607/278-5744. In particular, when driving from the Albany area on Interstate 88, they recommend taking exit 16 (Emmons/West Davenport) instead of exit 18 or 19.

About Hanford Mills Museum

Hanford Mills Museum operates an authentic water- and steam-powered historic site, which includes a sawmill, gristmill and woodworking shop. The mission of Hanford Mills Museum is to inspire audiences of all ages to explore connections among energy, technology, natural resources and entrepreneurship in rural communities with a focus on sustainable choices. The museum, which is listed on the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places, will open for the 2018 season on May 16.

Hanford Mills is located at 51 County Highway 12 in East Meredith, at the intersection of Delaware County Routes 10 & 12, just 10 miles from Oneonta, and 15 miles from Delhi.  For more information, visit www.hanfordmills.org or call 607-278-5744.

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For more information, please contact: Liz Callahan, Executive Director, Hanford Mills Museum, 607/278-5744, lizc@hanfordmills.org

For photos of past Ice Harvest Festivals, please contact Peg Odell, href=”mailto:pego@hanfordmills.org”>pego@hanfordmills.org, 607/278-5744.

Ice Harvest Festival Update

Ice Harvest Festival Tips:

  • Dress warmly in layers. Hats, mittens or gloves, and boots are recommended.
  • Please be aware that GPS provided directions can be unreliable in our area.  Traveling on back roads can be difficult, especially in winter weather. Here are suggested directions, and we also  welcome your phone calls 607/278-5744.
  • Free parking is available in the large lot across Route 12 from Hanford Mills Museum. Additional parking will be available at the Meredith Historical Society (the former Charlotte Valley Presbyterian Church) at 10044 Elk Creek Road.
  • Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and AAA members, $4.50 for members of the military. See more information on admission discounts.
  • Kids 12 and under and Museum members get in free.
  • If you’d like to buy food on site,  bring cash. Soup is $3, Cookies and Soda are $1. Cabana Coffee will also be selling lattes, hot apple cider, tea, coffee and hot chocolate.

Ice Conditions Updatemeasuring the ice

Hanford Mills Museum has conducted an ice harvest for 30 years, and safety is the priority.  At the Ice Harvest Festival on February 3rd, visitors will be welcome to walk on the frozen pond if the ice is 8 or more inches thick. If the ice is 6-8 inches thick, Hanford Mills staff will be on the ice, and visitors can help transfer the harvested ice to the ice house.

Just as farmers did a century ago, we monitor ice conditions and shovel snow from the pond to foster a good crop of strong, clear ice.  Snow acts as an insulator and hampers ice growth. In recent years, the depth of the ice has ranged from 7 inches to more than 18 inches.

1/3/18 The ice is 9.5 inches thick.

1/8/18 After a weekend of record cold temperatures, the ice is now 11 inches thick.

1/15/18 The ice is 10 inches thick.

1/17/18 Back to 11 inches.

1/26/18 Ice is 10 3/4 inches! Good news!

First ice blocks harvested from the pond on Jan. 29.
First ice blocks harvested from the pond on Jan. 29.

1/29/18 We pulled 10-inch thick blocks from the pond today. With cold weather called for the rest of the week, we are confident that this year’s Ice Harvest will be excellent.

 

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News Release: Call for Antique Engine Exhibitors

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Show Your Engines!
Hanford Mills Museum seeks exhibitors for its Antique Engine Jamboree on September 9
Register by July 31 to receive special incentives

[East Meredith, July 13, 2017] Hanford Mills Museum in East Meredith will hold its 34th annual Dan Rion Memorial Antique Engine Jamboree and Powerfest on Saturday, September 9, 10 am to 4 pm. The Museum is seeking exhibitors who have antique farm machines, tractors, model engines, outboard motors, motorcycles, cars, trucks, fire engines, and water-cooled and air-cooled engines. Exhibitors interact with visitors, sharing stories about the skill and mechanical know-how necessary to restore and maintain antique engines.

Exhibitors who register by July 31 will receive a free Hanford Mills Museum baseball cap and be entered to win a wooden bench made at Hanford Mills Museum. Register by contacting Brendan Pronteau at Hanford Mills, by calling 607/278-5744, or send an email to brendanp@hanfordmills.org. Exhibitors can also download a registration form at hanfordmills.org.

“We are grateful for the exhibitors who share their collections with the Museum’s visitors,” says Liz Callahan, the Museum’s executive director. “The Antique Engine Jamboree celebrates the ingenuity of the past.”

The Antique Engine Jamboree also features steam-power and water-power demonstrations in the historic Mill, bluegrass music, BBQ, and kids’ activities.

About Hanford Mills Museum

Hanford Mills Museum operates an authentic water- and steam-powered historic site. The mission of Hanford Mills Museum is to inspire audiences of all ages to explore connections among energy, technology, natural resources and entrepreneurship in rural communities, with a focus on sustainable choices. The Museum which is listed on the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places is open Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 am – 5 pm.

Children 12 and under, and Museum members receive free admission. Admission is $9 for adults and teens, $7 for seniors and AAA members, and $4.50 for retired military. Hanford Mills participates in the National Endowment for the Arts Blue Star Museum Initiative, so all active duty Military and their families receive free admission. Through the Museums for All program, anyone with an EBT card also receives free admission. East Meredith residents (13757) and nearby zip codes also get free admission. For more information, visit hanfordmills.org or call 607.278.5744.

Hanford Mills Museum is located at 51 County Highway 12 in East Meredith, at the intersection of Delaware County Routes 10 & 12, just 10 miles from Oneonta, and 15 miles from Delhi.

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For questions or to interview, please contact Liz Callahan, lizc@hanfordmills.org, 607.278.5744.

For photos, please contact Peg Odell, pego@hanfordmills.org, 607.278.5744

Learning Lab at Hanford Mills

Learning Lab at Hanford MillsHanford Mills Museum features a new space for young children and their families to explore, build and create. The Learning Lab offers a range of activities, including building with gears and blocks from Keva and Imagination Playground, problem-solving challenges, mini-waterwheels and other power generation models, and a reading center with comfortable kid-sized seating. 

“We created the Learning Lab to provide an inviting, kid-friendly space to foster innovation and creative problem solving,” says Liz Callahan, the Museum’s executive director.  “Kids can explore topics highlighted in Mill tours like power, energy, technology, and sustainable resources. And, because young children learn through play, we have lots of fun activities for kids to choose from.”  She noted that the Learning Lab is included with regular admission.

“Local families can view the Learning Lab as a resource they can visit again and again. It is an enjoyable, meaningful and affordable way for families to spend time together.” –Museum executive director Liz Callahan

Hanford Mills staff worked with museum education consultant Katie Boardman of the Cherry Valley Group and Museum Studies students from the Cooperstown Graduate Program to create a space especially for children 8 and under. The planning was supported in part by a grant from the Museum Association of New York.

Hanford Mills will continue to add activities to the Learning Lab, and will be installing solar panels on the roof of the building soon to provide opportunities to talk about solar power. The Learning Lab is located across the Mill pond from the Museum’s historic sawmill and woodworking shop.

 

News Release: Learning Lab Grand Opening

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Contact: Liz Callahan,  607/278-5744

 

Hanford Mills Museum to open new place for children to explore, create and build

Learning Lab Grand Opening part of Free Family Saturday on June 17

[ East Meredith, NY June 2, 2017] On June 17, Hanford Mills Museum will open the Learning Lab, a new space for young children and their families to explore and create. The Learning Lab offers a range of activities, including building with gears and blocks from Keva and Imagination Playground, problem-solving challenges, mini-waterwheels and other power generation models, and a reading center with comfortable kid-sized seating.

“We created the Learning Lab to provide an inviting, kid-friendly space to foster innovation and creative problem solving,” says Liz Callahan, the Museum’s executive director.  “Kids can explore topics highlighted in Mill tours like power, energy, technology, and sustainable resources. And, because young children learn through play, we have lot of fun activities for kids to choose from.”  She noted that the Learning Lab is included with regular admission.

“We are looking forward to having the space filled with children, and hope that local families will view this as a resource they can visit again and again,” said Callahan. “It is an enjoyable, meaningful and affordable way for families to spend time together.”

June 17 is a Free Family Saturday at Hanford Mills Museum, so any adult who is accompanied by a child under 18 receives free admission. Children and teens also receive free admission that day.  Additional Free Family Saturday dates at Hanford Mills are July 22, August 12, and September 2.

Hanford Mills staff worked with museum education consultant Katie Boardman of the Cherry Valley Group and Museum Studies students from the Cooperstown Graduate Program to create a space especially for children 8 and under. The planning was supported in part by a grant from the Museum Association of New York.

Hanford Mills will continue to add activities to the Learning Lab, and will be installing solar panels on the roof of the building soon to provide opportunities to talk about solar power. The Learning Lab is located across the Mill pond from the Museum’s historic sawmill and woodworking shop.

About Hanford Mills Museum
As one of only a handful of operating water-powered mills, Hanford Mills Museum has earned a place on both the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places.  The mission of Hanford Mills Museum is to inspire audiences of all ages to explore connections among energy, technology, natural resources, and entrepreneurship in rural communities with a focus on sustainable choices.

Hanford Mills Museum is located at 51 County Hwy. 12, at the intersection of Delaware County Routes 10 and 12 in East Meredith, NY, 10 miles from Oneonta and 15 miles from Delhi. The Museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and also on Labor Day and Columbus Day. Children 12 and under receive free admission, as do Museum members, anyone with an EBT card, and Museum neighbors who live in the following zip codes: 13757, 13739, 13786, 13750, and 13806.

For more information, visit www.hanfordmills.org or call 607.278.5744.

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News Release: Independence Day Celebration at Hanford Mills Museum is July 4, 2017

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Independence Day Celebration at Hanford Mills Museum

July 4th event offers old-fashioned family fun

[East Meredith, June 2017] A sweet reward is coming thanks to all those who cut and hauled ice at the Ice Harvest Festival at Hanford Mills Museum.  On that February day, more than seven tons of ice were cut from the Mill pond and then stored in the Ice House. On July 4th, that ice will be used to make ice cream on a steam-powered churn, and visitors to the Museum’s Independence Day Celebration can sample the cool treat.

“Using the ice from February’s Ice Harvest to make ice cream is a great way for us to demonstrate how people kept food cold in the days before mechanical refrigeration,” says the Museum’s executive director Liz Callahan. And to those concerned about tadpoles in the ice cream, Callahan said there’s no need to worry. She said the ice is used to chill the outside of the churn, while the locally produced milk and cream is inside the churn.

The Independence Day Celebration, which runs 10 am to 4 pm on July 4, also features a fishing derby for kids, frog jumping contests, music, delicious food, and field games. Visitors also can tour the historic Mill and woodworking shop and see water- and steam-power demonstrations featuring the 1926 Fitz Overshot waterwheel, the steam boiler and steam engines. Children 12 and under, Museum members, and active duty military and their families, receive free admission.

The Hanford Mills String Band, which features Peter Blue on nyckelharpa, button accordion and percussion, John Potocnik on fiddle, Danny Birnbaum on bass, and Dave Raphelson on guitar and banjo,  will perform. Tickled Pink BBQ  will be selling lunch and snack items, The Farmer’s Wife will be selling pies, and Shaver-Hill Farm will sell maple products, including maple cotton candy. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic.

Special Fun for Kids
Children 14 and under can take part in a fishing derby on the Mill Pond from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm, with prizes being awarded at 2 pm. Children can bring their own fishing poles and bait or borrow one of the poles that will be available courtesy of the Department of Environmental Conservation in Stamford. There also will be sack races, tug o’ war, and frog-jumping contests (at 12:30 and 2:30 pm, bring your own frog). The Museum’s new Learning Lab, a special place for kids 8 and under to explore and create, will be open, and kids can play with mini waterwheels, Imagination Playground blocks, gears, and more.

Steam Power Demonstrations
Hanford Mills Museum is one of the few places in the country that demonstrates steam power. “The Hanfords installed a steam boiler because it provided a more consistent, reliable source of power for the machines in the Mill,” explains Callahan. “Generating steam power is labor intensive and requires specific expertise. Staff and volunteers make up the ‘Steam Team,’ whose experience, training and dedication enable us to run the boiler and steam engines just as the Hanfords did a century ago.” She noted that while the Museum operates the waterwheel during tours offered every Wednesday through Sunday, steam power demonstrations occur only a few times a year. Visitors on July 4th can see both power sources.

“We invite everyone to come out for the Independence Day Celebration,” says Callahan. “There is something for everyone in the family to enjoy.”

About Hanford Mills Museum
Hanford Mills Museum operates an authentic water- and steam-powered historic site. The mission of Hanford Mills Museum is to inspire audiences of all ages to explore connections among energy, technology, natural resources and entrepreneurship in rural communities, with a focus on sustainable choices. The Museum which is listed on the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places is open Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 am – 5 pm.

Children 12 and under, and Museum members receive free admission. Admission is $9 for adults and teens, $7 for seniors and AAA members, and $4.50 for retired military. Hanford Mills participates in the National Endowment for the Arts Blue Star Museum Initiative, so all active duty Military and their families receive free admission. Through the Museums for All program, anyone with an EBT card also receives free admission. East Meredith residents (13757) and nearby zipcodes also get free admission. For more information, visit hanfordmills.org or call 607.278.5744.

Hanford Mills Museum is located at 51 County Highway 12 in East Meredith, at the intersection of Delaware County Routes 10 & 12, just 10 miles from Oneonta, and 15 miles from Delhi.

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For questions or to interview, please contact Liz Callahan, 607.278.5744.

 

Hanford Mills Museum to offer Free Family Saturdays

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Free Family Saturday is May 27 at Hanford Mills Museum

[East Meredith, NY] Hanford Mills Museum will offer the first in a series of Free Family Saturdays on May 27. In addition to guided tours of the Museum’s water-powered sawmill, gristmill and woodworking shop, visitors can enjoy special kid-friendly activities as well as music by Catfish Meyer. Meyer will perform acoustic rock and folk music from 11 am to 2 pm.

“Free Family Saturdays are an opportunity for kids and their parents or grandparents to explore and learn together. And, with music by Catfish Meyer, it makes for an enjoyable outing,” says Liz Callahan, the Museum’s executive director.  She noted that visitors are welcome to bring a picnic lunch.

On Free Family Saturdays, up to two adults get in free when accompanied by a child under 18. Children and teens also receive free admission.  Additional Free Family Saturday dates are June 17, July 22, August 12 and September 2. Hanford Mills will have educators on hand for Free Family Saturdays who will offer hands-on activities for kids, such as building with gears, experimenting with electric circuits, using enviroscapes to learn about watersheds, and more.

About Hanford Mills Museum

Hanford Mills Museum is located at 51 County Hwy. 12, at the intersection of Delaware County Routes 10 and 12, in East Meredith, NY, 10 miles from Oneonta and 15 miles from Delhi. Children 12 and under are admitted free, as are Museum members.  The Museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and also on Memorial Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day.

As one of only a handful of operating water-powered mills, Hanford Mills Museum has earned a place on both the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places.  The mission of Hanford Mills Museum is to inspire audiences of all ages to explore connections among energy, technology, natural resources and entrepreneurship in rural communities with a focus on sustainable choices.

For more information, visit www.hanfordmills.org or call 607.278.5744.

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Ice Harvest Festival offers history on ice and day of winter fun

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CONTACT: Liz Callahan 607/278-5744, lizc@hanfordmills.org

Ice Harvest Festival
February 4, 10 am – 4 pm
Hanford Mills Museum
51 County Hwy 12, East Meredith, NY
www.hanfordmills.org
info@hanfordmills.org
607/278-5744

Take part in a traditional ice harvest, just as communities did a century ago. Festival also includes ice carving by the SUNY Delhi Hospitality Center Ice Team, ice fishing with Trout Unlimited, horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowman village, hot soup buffet, food trucks, blacksmithing and cooking demonstrations, and exhibits by local businesses and farmers. Kids 12 and under get in free; Adults and Teens, $9; Seniors, $7.

Ice Harvest Festival at Hanford Mills Museum: History on Ice!

[January 27, 2017 East Meredith, NY] The annual Ice Harvest Festival at Hanford Mills Museum on Saturday, February 4th offers adults and children a chance to take part in a traditional ice harvest using historic tools and techniques. Before refrigeration, harvesting ice was an essential winter activity. The ice was stored in ice houses until it was needed in the warmer months to keep food and agricultural products cold.

“Kids can cut ice, haul ice, help stack the ice, and get a ride on a horse-drawn sled.  It is very different from reading about things in a book; it is real.  Of course, the cocoa and soup are always big hits, too,” says Jack Tessier, a board member of Hanford Mills who has attended several Ice Harvests with his wife and children.

Festival also offers Ice Sculpting, Ice Fishing, Horse-drawn Sleigh Rides, Hot Soup Buffet, Local Farmers, and More

The SUNY Delhi Hospitality Center Ice Team will create sculptures from blocks of ice. Children can try out ice fishing with the help of volunteers from the Dave Brandt Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Other activities include taking horse-drawn sleigh rides around the Museum site, watching blacksmith demonstrations, shopping from local farmers and businesses, including Promisedland Farm, Byebrook Farm, and the Cooperstown Distillery. There also will be a snowman village, bonfires, and films of ice harvests in the 1920s-1940s. At the Hanford House, which shows family life in the 1920s, visitors can play tabletop games and see historic cooking demonstrations.

There will be an auction of the Werner Rentsch painting “Ice Cutting at Hanford Mills NY,” which the noted artist made after attending an Ice Harvest Festival a few years ago. The artist donated the painting for the Museum to use to raise funds. Bidding is now available online at hanfordmills.org.

The Ice Harvest Festival, which is always held on the first Saturday in February, regularly brings 1,000 or more people to the small hamlet of East Meredith in Delaware County. Starting in December, Museum staff monitor and groom the ice to ensure a good crop of clear strong ice.

“We have families who come year after year, and are also glad to welcome people coming for the first time. Some people who came as children are now bringing their own children,” says Museum Executive Director Liz Callahan. “People value the opportunity to take part in an authentic experience and to connect with the history of the area.”

A hot soup buffet will feature soup and chili provided by area restaurants, including Brooks’ House of BBQ, Cafe Ommegang, the Cooperstown Diner, Cross Roads Cafe, Danny’s Main Street Market, the Delhi Diner, Doubleday Cafe, Fiesta Mexican Grill, Jackie’s Restaurant, Jay’s Place, Mel’s at 22, Morey’s Family Restaurant,  Oneonta Bagel Company, The Otesaga, Simply Thai,  Sloan’s N.Y. Grill, Signatures Restaurant, the SUNY Delhi Hospitality Program, Applebee’s, and Denny’s. . Proceeds from the soup buffet as well as the sale of baked goods, which are provided by Junkyard Bakehaus, benefit the Museum’s educational programs. In addition, the Cabana Coffee food truck will offer hot and cold beverages.

The Ice Harvest Festival shows “how things can be done without modern fuels,” explains Tessier. “People were able to meet their needs through knowledge of their local environment, and we will need that knowledge in the future. The fact that Hanford Mills Museum can provide that knowledge in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere makes the event that much more special.”

The Ice Harvest Festival is sponsored by the SUNY Delhi Hospitality Management Department, WSKG, The Daily Star, and Five Star Subaru.

The ice harvested at the festival will be used to make ice cream at the Museum’s Independence Day Celebration on July 4.

See the website for more information, hanfordmills.org.

Admission and Information

Children 12 and under receive free admission. Admission for adults and teens is $9; senior admission is $7. AAA and other discounts available. Museum members receive free admission. Those living in zip codes (13757, 13739, 13786, 13750, and 13806) neighboring Hanford Mills also receive free admission.

Because GPS may take drivers on roads that are not winter-friendly, the Museum has a list of suggested routes available at http://www.hanfordmills.org/visit-a-historic-workingmill/our-location or by calling 607/278-5744. In particular, when driving from the Albany area on Interstate 88, they recommend taking exit 16 (Emmons/West Davenport) instead of exit 18 or 19.

About Hanford Mills Museum

Hanford Mills Museum operates an authentic water- and steam-powered historic site, which includes a sawmill, gristmill and woodworking shop. The mission of Hanford Mills Museum is to inspire audiences of all ages to explore connections among energy, technology, natural resources and entrepreneurship in rural communities with a focus on sustainable choices. The museum, which is listed on the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places, will open for the 2017 season on May 17.

Hanford Mills is located at 51 County Highway 12 in East Meredith, at the intersection of Delaware County Routes 10 & 12, just 10 miles from Oneonta, and 15 miles from Delhi.  For more information, visit www.hanfordmills.org or call 607-278-5744.

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For more information, please contact:  Liz Callahan, Executive Director, Hanford Mills Museum, 607/278-5744, lizc@hanfordmills.org

For photos, please contact Peg Odell, pego@hanfordmills.org

B-roll of past Ice Harvest Festivals available at: http://bit.ly/IceHarvestFestivalB-roll